Practicing Minfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment, seeing the reality of what is in front of us without the conditions of our minds.

Every experience that we have without mindfulness creates conditioning. Conditioning is the mind categorizing experiences for efficiency. If you scrape your knee by falling off of a bike, your mind might tell you that it's not safe to ride your bike in the way that you were. Your mind might tell you that it's not safe to ride a bike at all.

Some of this conditioning is helpful. We can gain wisdom from our experiences that help us to be more efficient, productive, and skillful.

Other conditions that are created by the mind are not skillful. When we endure a trauma, the mind can create stories about what caused that trauma and try to inform us that it is unsafe to repeat those same situations.

For example, if someone cheats on you causing you a lot of pain and grief, the mind might tell you that it is no longer safe to ever trust anyone again. You can see how this is not skillful when creating long-term relationships.

When we practice mindfulness, we are in the present moment seeing things as they are without the limitations that the mind creates.

Simple mundane tasks that we do every single day seem to lose their magic the more that we do them. Mindfulness empowers you to bring the magic back into the mundane.

Imagine how excited you might have been the first time you learned how to drive a car. Can you remember? Remember the nervousness and excitement? Do you recall the first time you were in your own vehicle, driving w